I WAITED BY A STREAM OF GREEN WATER THAT RAN THROUGH A SANDY DESERT
by: Elsa Barker (1869-1954)
- WAITED by a stream of green water that ran through a sandy desert.
- A traveller asked what I waited for, but I could not answer him.
- Surely one may wait, without waiting for some thing!
- Must even peace have a purpose?
- It was quiet beside the green water; the palm-trees waved in the distance, for the wind was rising.
- The traveller passed on, but his question remained with me.
- What was I waiting for? I really yearned to know.
- When one is happy it is foolish to listen to the idle questions of over-busy strangers.
POEMS BY ELSA BARKER
|"I Waited by a Stream of Green Water that Ran Through a Sandy Desert" is reprinted from Songs of a Vagrom Angel. Elsa Barker. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1916.